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GoGo Penguin

JUN 9–21 | 38th Annual San Francisco Jazz Festival

Jun 13, 2020
Miner Auditorium
SatJun 13

Dance Floor Show

7:00 PM

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Dance Floor Show

9:30 PM

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Please note: Dance floor is General Admission standing room only. If you would prefer seats, please select a different level for this show.

The piano trio has been one of the most durable, beloved, and flexible formats in jazz history, evoking illustrious names like Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Ahmad Jamal, among others. Manchester-based GoGo Penguin turns this most venerable jazz construct on its ear, infusing direct influences from contemporary electronic music and modern classical concepts into their singular ensemble approach that has earned well-deserved raves from all corners of the music world, “a group that lives comfortably beyond artistic restraints” (Pitchfork).

The band’s hypnotic, swirling grooves are acoustic adaptations of pieces composed with sequencing software, and rely as much on additive development and dynamic contrasts as improvisation, with pianist Chris Illingsworth’s powerful melodic statements anchored by Nick Blacka’s thunderous bass and the skittering break-beat rhythms of drummer Rob Turner. The strength of their first two independent albums and magnetic live performances led to inclusion on Rolling Stone’s list of 20 Great New British Artists To Watch, as well as a deal with Blue Note Records, who released their 2016 breakout, Man Made Object, and 2018’s sublime A Humdrum Star. The band returns after their triumphant 2019-2020 Season performance of their new score to accompany screenings of filmmaker Godfrey Reggio’s landmark 1983 film Koyaanisqatsi—music documented on their latest Blue Note EP, Ocean in a Drop. Pushing the jazz trio form in unprecedented new directions, GoGo Penguin truly sounds like nothing else on Earth.

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The band returns with music from their latest Blue Note EP, Ocean in a Drop.

GoGo Penguin lure you into a trance-like state, they toy with your emotions, feeding some primal need with jolts of energy.

London Jazz News

GoGo Penguin lure you into a trance-like state, they toy with your emotions, feeding some primal need with jolts of energy.

London Jazz News

Personnel

Chris Illingsworth piano
Nick Blacka bass
Rob Turner drums

GoGo Penguin defies genre, pulling together influences from trip-hop, classical, jazz and more.

The Wall Street Journal

Personnel

Chris Illingsworth piano
Nick Blacka bass
Rob Turner drums

GoGo Penguin defies genre, pulling together influences from trip-hop, classical, jazz and more.

The Wall Street Journal

Watch & Listen

Gogo Penguin

Time-Lapse City

GoGo Penguin

Ocean in a Drop

Gogo Penguin

Time-Lapse City

GoGo Penguin

Ocean in a Drop